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6 Steps for Creating the Best First Impression

Here are six tips to help you leave buyers with a great first impression of your home.

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How can you make buyers’ first impression of your home a positive one? These six steps will be crucial as you prepare it for the market:

1. Improve your curb appeal. That means making sure your grass and landscaping are well-kempt, power washing your home’s exterior from top to bottom, and planting flowers of all different hues. Set the tone before the buyer even sets foot in your home.

2. Clean the entryway. Once the buyer does set foot in your home, the first thing they’ll see is your entryway. If you have shoes lying around, move them to a closet or somewhere out of sight. Do the same for keys, tchotchkes, or mail that might be sitting atop your entryway bench or table. Also, replace dimmer entryway lightbulbs with higher-wattage bulbs to make the space seem brighter and airier.

3. Eliminate odors. Get a second and third opinion on this by talking to your Realtor and your stager. In most cases, overpowering scents either come from pets or a meal the homeowner has recently cooked up. Do your best to deodorize the air, but be careful not to try and mask it with Febreze, candles, and potpourri. Oftentimes, that just adds to the unpleasantness. As an alternative, open the windows and air out the house. And if, for example, curry is an ingredient you enjoy cooking with, consider living without it for a few weeks to freshen up the air in your home.

When buyers walk into a newly painted home, it gives them a new-home feel.

4. Deep clean your home. Roll up your sleeves and shampoo your carpets and rugs; polish your wood floors; and wipe away dust bunnies settling on top of your fan blades, in the corners of your closets, and on your blinds. And don’t forget to scrub your windows so they aren’t spotty or coated in dirt or dust.

5. Declutter. Remove personal effects that have either collected dust or take up precious space in your home. When buyers walk through your home, you want their attention to be on the home itself, not on your art, books, etc. Pack up items that are distracting or in the way, and if possible, put them in an off-site storage unit. We don’t want a buyer to open a door to your closet, only to see it packed to the brim with stuff you had no other place for in the home.

6. Paint. We always advise our sellers to apply a fresh coat of paint to areas where wear and tear most often occurs, including your home’s baseboards, banisters, railings, and the trim around doors. Depending on the age of the home and your level of upkeep, you may even want to paint your walls or ceilings. Keep in mind that when buyers walk into a newly painted home, it gives them a new-home feel.

If you have any questions related to today’s topic or there’s a topic you’d like me to cover in a future video, please feel free to let me know. I look forward to hearing from you!